Wednesday, August 18, 2004

Osterloh excited about next foe


W&S Notebook

By Dustin Dow and Neil Schmidt
Enquirer staff writers

IF YOU GO
Today's schedule

Center Court
• 11 a.m.: Teryn Ashley vs. Flavia Pennetta; Laura Granville vs. Sandra Kleinova; Marlene Weingartner vs. Selima Sfar (second round); Teryn Ashley-Laura Granville vs. Janet Lee-Shuai Peng

• 7 p.m.: Amy Frazier vs. Mashona Washington (second round); Marion Bartoli vs. Mara Santangelo (second round)

Grandstand Court
• 11 a.m.: Ana-Lena Groenefeld vs. Antonella Serra Zanetti; Alina Jidkova vs. Lindsay Lee-Waters

• Not before 2 p.m.: Nana Miyagi-Lilia Osterloh vs. Emmanuelle Gagliardi-Ana-Lena Groenefeld; Selima Sfar-Aneta Soukup vs. Jill Craybas-Marlene Weingartner

Don't miss
The most anticipated match of the tournament so far, between Amy Frazier and Mashona Washington, at 7 p.m. on Center Court. The two Americans are facing each other for the first since 2000.

Directions
• I-71 North to exit 24, left onto Western Row, right into tournament entrance.

• I-71 North/South to exit 25, west onto Route 741, left onto Courseview Drive.

• I-75 North to exit 22, right onto Tylersville, left into tournament entrance.

• I-75 South to exit 29, left on West Route 63, right onto South Route 741, continue on Kings Mill, right onto Courseview.

Tuesday's results
Singles
• Denisa Chladkova (5) def. Yuliana Fedak 6-4, 6-4

• Amy Frazier (3) def. Stephanie Foretz 6-2, 7-5

• Mara Santangelo def. Severine Beltrame 4-6, 6-3, 7-5

• Selima Sfar def. Camile Pin, 6-4, ret.

• Lilia Osterloh def. Adriana Serra Zanetti 6-2, 6-3

• Shuai Peng def. Jill Craybas (6) 6-3, 6-3

Doubles
• Elena Tatarkova-Meilen Tu (2) def. Leanne Baker-Francesca Lubiani 6-4, 6-4

• Rita Grande-Flavia Pennetta (4) def. Antonella Serra Zanetti- Andreea Vanc 6-4, 6-2

• Jennifer Hopkins-Mashona Washington def. Amanda Augustus-Julie Ditty 7-6 (4), 6-0

• Marion Bartoli-Severine Beltrame def. Alina Jidkova-Bryanne Stewart 7-5, 6-2

Tuesday's highlight
Mara Santangelo outlasted Severine Beltrame 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 to move onto the round of 16. The third set appeared to be headed for a tiebreaker when Santangelo broke Beltrame's serve at 5-5.

Tickets
Sessions (loge/terrace prices in parentheses): Today, 11 a.m., 7 p.m. ($22/$12); Thursday, 4 p.m. ($24/$15); Friday, 4 p.m. ($26/$18); Saturday, 3 p.m. ($28/$20); Sunday, 1 p.m. ($32/$22).

Ticket hotline: 513-651-0303 (www.cincytennis.com).

MASON - Growing up near Columbus, Lilia Osterloh regularly would come here to the ATP tournament during the summer to watch American tennis greats go back and forth at each other.

"I used to always watch (Michael) Chang and (Andre) Agassi battle it out in 110-degree weather," Osterloh said.

By winning her first-round match against Adriana Serra Zanetti 6-2, 6-3 Tuesday, Osterloh gave herself a chance to take on one of America's great women's players.

Osterloh will play top-seeded and No. 4-ranked Lindsay Davenport at 7 p.m. Thursday in the second round of the Western & Southern Financial Group Women's Open. Osterloh could enjoy more partisan support from the local crowd, which offered boisterous cheers for her Tuesday night.

"It was a tough, unfortunate draw for me," said Osterloh, a native of Groveport, Ohio. "I would have liked to maybe play (Davenport) in the later round. But it's so exciting to play so close to home."

Osterloh and Davenport have played once before, in 2001, with Davenport winning 6-2, 6-0 on a hard court.

Osterloh had to receive a wild-card entry into the main draw of the W&S Open because her WTA ranking has suffered due an inflamed rotator cuff in her right shoulder at the end of 2003. But in the last four weeks, Osterloh's ranking has shot from No. 227 to No. 137 because of three wins against top-70 players.

"I'm not hesitant to hit my serve, wondering if (the shoulder) is going to hurt," said Osterloh, who opted not to have surgery. "I didn't want to go under the knife, and I wanted to let it heal on its own."

POSITIVE THINKING: Fans are seeing many of these players for the first time. The first thing they probably noticed about fifth seed Denisa Chladkova was how she practices her groundstrokes between points, a visualization technique.

"It's helping me to stay in the court (mentally)," she said.

It has been working lately. The Czech has climbed from No. 72 to 54 the past three months, and Monday she beat qualifier Yuliana Fedak 6-4, 6-4.

Fedak, a Ukrainian ranked 100th, came in on an eight-match winning streak, having won a $50,000 challenger in Italy two weeks ago before advancing through three rounds of qualifying here.

"Players coming from the qualifier are always dangerous," Chladkova said. "... (Winning qualifier matches) is always good for their confidence."

SEED OUT: Sixth-seeded Jill Craybas became the first seeded player to lose when Shuai Peng defeated her 6-3, 6-3 in the first round.

"I just played my best tennis," Peng said. "My coach told me to hit the ball hard and make her run."

HEATED EXIT: Although weather was mild with afternoon temperatures in the low 80s and humidity around 40 percent, France's Camille Pin retired from her first-round match Tuesday against Selima Sfar because of heat illness.

Sfar had won the first set 6-4, and Pin retired before the start of the second set.




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